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Asian Games 2023: Pakistan women’s dream to win gold medal ends

Asian Games 2023: Pakistan women's dream to win gold medal ends

  • Sri Lanka women’s cricket team secured a decisive six-wicket victory over Pakistan in the Asian Games’ cricket semi-final.
  • They will face India in the tournament’s final, while Pakistan competes for the Bronze against Bangladesh.
  • Udeshika Prabodhani’s stellar bowling performance was pivotal in restricting Pakistan to a mere 75 runs.

In a gripping showdown in Hangzhou, China, the Sri Lanka women’s cricket team exhibited their prowess by defeating Pakistan with six wickets to spare in the semifinal of the Asian Games 2023 cricket competition.

The stage is now set for a thrilling finale, as Sri Lanka will go head-to-head against pakistanIndia in the mega event’s final at the same venue on Monday. Meanwhile, Pakistan women’s team will seek redemption and a place on the podium as they face off against Bangladesh for the Bronze medal.

Chasing a modest target of 76 runs set by Pakistan, the Sri Lankan women encountered only minor hiccups along the way. Despite losing wickets at intervals, they managed to comfortably reach the target in just 16.3 overs.

Harshitha Samarawickrama was the standout performer for the Islanders, top-scoring with 16 runs from 34 deliveries.

On the flip side, Pakistan’s batting lineup struggled to find their footing. They limped to a meager total of 75-9 in their allotted 20 overs. Only three players managed to reach double figures, with Skipper Nida Dar, Aliya Riaz, and Sidra Ameen contributing a combined total of just 14 runs.

The hero of the match for Sri Lanka was Udeshika Prabodhani, who made sure the Green Shirts had no respite. Her impressive bowling figures of three wickets for 21 runs played a pivotal role in disrupting Pakistan’s batting rhythm.

Here are the lineups of both teams:

Pakistan:

  1. Shawaal Zulfiqar
  2. Sidra Ameen
  3. Omaima Sohail
  4. Muneeba Ali
  5. Nida Dar (c)
  6. Aliya Riaz
  7. Nataila Pervaiz
  8. Umm-e-Hani
  9. Diana Baig
  10. Nashra Sandhu
  11. Sadia Iqbal

Sri Lanka:

  1. Chamari Athapaththu (c)
  2. Anushka Sanjeewani
  3. Harshitha Samarawickrama
  4. Vishmi Gunaratne
  5. Nilakshi de Silva
  6. Udeshika Prabodhani
  7. Achini Kulasuriya
  8. Inoka Ranaweera
  9. Inoshi Priyadharshani
  10. Kavisha Dilhari
  11. Hasini Perera

With the stage set for the final showdown between Sri Lanka and India, cricket enthusiasts can anticipate another thrilling clash on the horizon.

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